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Introduction to DP Systems

Course information

Target group:

Who the course is for: The course Introduction to DP Systems is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the design and operational principles of Dynamic Positioning Systems and their main components. This may include Ship Managers, Technical Superintendents, Ship Masters, Officers and Seafarers; Offshore Units Operators and Technical Staff, Shipyards Technical Staff; Surveyors; P&I and/or Insurance Inspectors; Etc.



This training course provides a general introduction to dynamic positioning systems, which are computer-controlled systems that automatically maintain the vessel's position and heading by using their propellers and thrusters. 


On completion of the training, students will be able to: 

Get familiar with dynamic positioning systems. 

Know the main components of dynamic positioning systems, equipment used and installation. 

Know the Class requirements in terms of surveys and tests of dynamic positioning systems 



Characteristics and scope of DP systems 


Equipment class 

Classification notations 

System configuration: power system, thruster system, control system, position reference systems, computer system, display system 


o Redundant systems 

o System failures 

o Redundancy concept 

o Terms 

o Single fault tolerance 


Design environment 

Essential non-DP systems 

Performance analysis 

Operational requirements 

System components 

o Power system 

o Thruster system 

o DP control system 

o Position reference system: acoustical, taut-wire and other reference systems 

Scope of DP surveys 

o Inspections at works 

o Surveys during construction, tests and trials 

o Surveys during operation: Annual and Renewal surveys, operational test, Occasional surveys


On completion of the training program, the student will be awarded the following qualifications:

Certificate of Introduction to DP System awarded by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The Certificate of Introduction to DP System, issued by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore, is obtained after completing the course and passing the qualification examination.


Do you want more information about the course, or do you want to order?

Contact us at Tel: +47 24 15 55 55 , or send us an e-mail.

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